There really is no other part of New Zealand quite like Golden Bay. It may have more artists and creative types per capita than any other part of the country, but it is also home to some very traditional rural communities.
Takaka, a charming rural village, is the largest town in Golden Bay with a population of just over 1,000 people. Collingwood is an even smaller village, located on a sometimes wild and windswept beach, flanked on another side by a large tidal estuary. There are other small communities and holiday houses scattered along the coast around the large crescent shaped bay that is Golden Bay.
Golden Bay has a charm and vibe very much of its own, and is quite unlike anywhere else on the planet. Local residents seem to have invented and installed a large scale anti-stress device somewhere in the area as it is physically impossible not to feel relaxed and at ease in the place. Golden Bay is another favourite holiday spot for locals and visitors from overseas looking for somewhere off the beaten track.
Golden Bay is the northern access point for the Abel Tasman National Park.